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Mail call

September 02, 1997

Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line.

Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call weekdays at 301-791-6236.

Readers are welcome to leave their recorded message on any topic they choose, but some calls are screened out.

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"I would like to thank the City of Hagerstown, the director, and members of the Municipal Band for the delightful summer Sunday concert. A special thanks also to the employees of the Parks Department for the beautiful flowers at the entrance to Hagerstown City Park."

"Good afternoon, I have not heard anyone mention who is going to or who has footed the bill or paid for the railroad crossings that were upgraded with the new lights and the new smoother tracks, etc., to accommodate 1st Urban Fiber. Has the city paid for that? Will they be reimbursed? That's just another way that the big city boys took advantage of the small town politicians."

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"The County Commissioners have decided to spend $32,000 a year, on salary, for a marketing director for the Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant and Pretreatment Plant. This is an unnecessary position. And if it was ever needed, it was needed 10 years ago, before the plant was built. The County Commissioners are famous for getting the cart before the horse."

"I'd like to remind everybody that school now is back in session. When you see school buses with flashing red lights, you had better stop. Loading and unloading children are your main concern. You must stop. It is against the law to do otherwise. It's points on your license. It's also a $255 fine, I think it is now. Plus, the most important thing is, you could run over a child, and can you respond to that? There's a big responsibility out there. We need all the motoring public's help. Thank you so much for your time."

"Hi Mail call, my name is Buddy. I am calling to say I found a John Deere hat on the side of the road. I was driving into Boonsboro and it was right down on Alternate 40, by the Exxon Gas Station. If anyone lost this hat, it's a really nice hat. Please call me at 301-739-9732."

"If the Hagerstown Police Department is doing a very good job, and is doing outstanding, why is the homicide rate, auto theft, and drug running increasing in the city? It would seem to me if they were doing a good job we would have a decrease in these things."

"To the people looking for a church where there are a lot of teenagers, I'd recommend Tri-State Fellowship on Cearfoss Pike. They have a full-time youth pastor and over a hundred teenagers and a very active program."

"I am calling about the mail delivery. I think it's terrible the way it's being delivered now. I live on Hamilton Boulevard. We used to get our mail between 11 and 12 o'clock. Now our mail is not coming until after 5 p.m. in the evening. When you are expecting a check, something important, this just isn't right. Expecting a check, you can't get to the bank. Something needs to be done about the mail delivery."

"Why is it that the powers that be would let the once beautiful Pangborn Lake take on the appearance of a garbage dump?"

"I'm calling concerning the use of term `civilian' by certain agencies today. The word civilian means any person not an active member of the Armed Forces or an agency having police power. Thus firefighters, ambulance drivers, fire police and so forth are civilians and not anything else. They are civilians and if they wish to use the correct term for those individuals who they seem to infer are somewhat inferior, then the correct word is citizen."

"Yes, a comment on downtown Hagerstown, I had juror duty and I left the courthouse and was walking to my car and a young man stopped me and asked me for a quarter. When I told him I didn't have any, he really got smart and kept mocking me. So I decided to find a police officer but there were no police officers around that area. I wouldn't go downtown anymore for anything."

"About the prostitutes. They should start preaching to the men that go to the prostitutes. Especially the married ones. And let them know that their name and picture would be in the news. Then the prostitutes wouldn't have any business. They couldn't sell their bodies. So they'd move on down the street. Preach it to the customers. They can't sell it, they'll move."

"I guess the re-enactment that's happening on the weekend of the 13th and the 14th of September is a great thing and I'm sure it will bring a lot of money to people and residents and businesses. Yet the Heritage Festival, which has gone on in Sharpsburg for several years now, is been completely left out by of any publicity, especially by the newspaper or local media. It's a very large event, and it does great things for Sharpsburg and after all the battle did happen in Sharpsburg, not on Rench Road."

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